It’s been more than ten years since Ben Stiller’s Derek Zoolander posed on the big screen, but it sounds like prospects of a “Zoolander” sequel are heating up.
Will Ferrell, who appeared in the 2001 comedy as an evil fashion designed named Mugatu, offered an update recently, and even dropped the info that his villain could be returning.
“We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it,” Ferrell told JoBlo.
While there’s been no official confirmation that a sequel is in fact happening, the players involved, including Stiller and Justin Theroux, have not been shy about talking about it, especially in the past year. In June, Stiller, who directed as well as starred in the first movie, told journalists at Taormina that his production company Red Hour Films was “actively” working on a rewrite.
“I can’t say that it’s actually a reality yet, but I hope some day it is,” he said at the time. “It’s been about 10 years now. It’s going to be old Derek Zoolander.”
In a recent interview with Vulture, Theroux dropped what could be even more promising hints, and said that Stiller will likely helm again if the sequel comes to fruition.
“Yeah, we’ve got a script for the sequel, and we’ve just been in talks again,” he said. “We’re trying to sharpen it and hone it and, actually, I don’t want to jinx anything, but it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running.”
Along with Stiller and Ferrell, the first movie also starred Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller and Jon Voight, and culled $60 million at the box office.